Đakovo's centerpiece is its majestic redbrick, neo-Gothic cathedral, which towers above the city and is a stunning first sight as you arrive into town. Commissioned by the Bishop of Đakovo, Josip Juraj Strossmayer (1815–1905), and designed by architect Frederick Schmidt, the cathedral was called the "most beautiful church between Venice and Constantinople" by Pope John XXIII. Consecrated in 1882 after two decades of construction—seven million bricks were reportedly used in the building—the three-nave structure is distinguished by two steeples towering to 274 feet, beehivelike cones on either side of the entrance, and a pinnacled cupola. The interior features colorful biblical scenes, some representing the life of the cathedral's patron saint, St. Peter, which were painted on the walls over 12 years by father-and-son team Alexander and Ljudevit Seitz. The striking blue ceiling is dotted with gold stars and the floor is paved with red, yellow, and black checkered tile.
Trg Strossmayera, Đakovo, Croatia